Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Rebounded for the Week of Sept. 13-19, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Sept. 13-19, at a rate of 18 index points, regaining most of the 20 index points this category lost the previous week (Sept. 6-12) due to Labor Day falling on Sept. 6. That leaves gross revenue 3 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 38) during 2019 and 10 index points below where it was during Week 38 of last year, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Warby Parker Releases Financial Guidance for the Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2021 and Fiscal Year 2022

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Warby Parker Inc. yesterday issued guidance for the third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2021 and for the fiscal years ending Dec. 31, 2021 and 2022. “As we look to the future, we’re inspired by the possibilities in front of us,” said Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa. co-founders and co-chief executive officers. “The outlook we’ve provided today underscores our belief that delivering remarkable customer experiences, making a positive impact on all stakeholders, and living our core values will lead to continued long-term sustainable growth.”

EssilorLuxottica to Relocate Luxottica's Mason, Ohio Retail Business and Shared Service Functions to NYC and Dallas Offices, EyeMed and Other Functions to Stay

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK and MASON, Ohio— EssilorLuxottica plans to relocate the company's Mason, Ohio-based retail businesses and shared service functions to its offices in New York City and in Dallas, Texas. The company informed employees at the Mason offices on Friday. A company spokesperson told VMAIL that there are approximately 1,500 employees in the Mason offices and, while the company would not be providing detailed numbers, she noted that the company's EyeMed, IT, legal, North American call center, information security and other store systems' functions will remain in Mason.

CooperVision Names Drs. Walsh, Shah and Siergey to Professional Affairs Teams as Company Continues Growth

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has announced the addition of three well-known optometrists to its professional affairs teams. The appointments of Drs. Karen Walsh, Arti Shah and Justine Siergey each add decades of relevant experience to the company’s global, U.S. and specialty professional affairs teams, according to the announcement on Tuesday. “These recent additions are a direct result of the company’s continued growth and dedication to collaborating with eyecare professionals (ECPs), further strengthening its role as an industry partner,” the announcement noted.

Marchon Eyewear and Zeiss Sign Exclusive Global Licensing Agreement for Eyewear

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK and AALEN, Germany—Marchon Eyewear, Inc., and Zeiss Vision Care announced today that they have entered into an exclusive, long-term global licensing agreement for optical eyewear and sunglasses. The first eyewear collection under this licensing agreement will be released globally beginning in Spring 2022; in advance of that release, a capsule collection comprised of nine optical styles will be previewed in Fall 2021 under Marchon’s Altair portfolio, and will be available exclusively in the U.S. market.

JINS Invests in Fittingbox, Joins Fielmann as an Investor, as the Digital Eyewear Company Eyes Further Expansion

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:18 AM TOULOUSE, France—Fittingbox, the software company based here, has announced that JINS, a Japanese leader in eyewear retail, has become an industrial shareholder in the company. The founders of the Fittingbox noted that the investment in the share capital by the Japanese eyewear brand now joins Fielmann, the leading German optical retailer, which has been an investor in Fittingbox since 2018, as VMAIL previously reported. The new investment enables earlier investors to exit, mainly French venture capital funds Kreaxi and LBO France with its SISA fund, while the founders used the opportunity to strengthen their equity position in the company, the announcement said.

Call for Volunteers: Stop by Vision Health Alliance’s Booth Tomorrow, Thursday, September 23 to Help Assemble Emergency Eyecare Kits at Vision Expo West

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:15 AM Tomorrow, Thursday, September 23, members of The Vision Council who are attending Vision Expo West are invited to visit Booth # P16052 from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. PT to help volunteers from Vision Health Alliance, The Vision Council’s new consumer education initiative, and EyeCare4Kids™, a nonprofit dedicated to providing professional eye care to low-income, visually-impaired children and underserved families, assemble emergency eyecare kits that will be distributed to those in need across Nevada.

Modo Intros R 1000 + Titanium Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:08 AM

De Rigo Debuts Yalea Optical Collection

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:05 AM

The Retail Workforce Is About to Go Through Some Radical Changes

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:04 AM It should be no surprise that retail employees have been quitting in droves. In a market of 10 million job openings, nearly one million of those are in retail. And it’s about to get worse—holiday hiring needs are just around the corner.

Hapter Is Focused on Extending the Life Cycle of Materials

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:02 AM In an age where resources are scarce, Hapter (one of the most original state-of-the-art eyewear manufacturers) supports the philosophy of preserving and optimizing existing materials. WMIDO finds out how from the company founder and CEO, Eric Balzan.

Frost & Sullivan Identifies and Analyzes Mega Trends Transforming the U.S. Through 2030

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:55 PM Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Transformative Mega Trends in the United States through 2030, examines the complex intersections of social, education, work, political, economic, and urbanization trends set to converge in the next decade. Social trends will be the biggest drivers of disruption, including the evolution of millennials, the rise of Gen Z, growth of the elderly demographic, expanding Hispanic and Asian populations, and income divides.

FYidoctors Embarks on Expansion Into the U.S. Market With Addition of Six California Eyecare Clinics

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:40 PM SACRAMENTO, Calif. and CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, known as Canada’s leading diversified health care organization, said this morning that it has expanded its geographic operations into the U.S. market with the addition of six leading eyecare clinics throughout the state of California. The foray marks a major company milestone as it marks the first time FYidoctors has added new operations outside of Canada as it continues to “focus on its patient-first, personalized customer experience,” the announcement noted. Read More

Review of Optometry: Certain Ocular Conditions Associated With Higher Risk of Dementia

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:15 PM Researchers recently discovered that age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract and diabetes-related eye disease, but not glaucoma, are associated with an increased risk of dementia. They noted that patients with both ophthalmic and systemic conditions are at higher risk of dementia compared with those with an ophthalmic or systemic condition only. The analysis included 12,364 adults aged 55 to 73 years from the UK Biobank cohort. Participants were assessed between 2006 and 2010 at baseline and were followed until 2021. Incident dementia was ascertained using hospital inpatient, death record and self-reported data. Read More